Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary that students will see in their readings or presentations aids in overall comprehension and retention. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary related to the region of the Northwest Coast and its First Nations. Students will preview the terms and definitions and use whole class or small group discussion to demonstrate their understanding of each meaning. Then, they will create a Spider map of 3-8 terms at the teachers discretion.
Names of some of the First Nations of the Northwest Coast:
Potlatch: A potlatch is a gift-giving feast practiced by Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the United States.
Dip Net: a tool used for fishing; net bags were hung from a pole
Dentalium: a shiny white shell shaped like a tusk that was used as money by the North Coast Native Americans
Plank Houses: long wooden houses, some up to 60 feet long built by the Kwakiutl
Cedar: a type of evergreen tree
Salmon: a large fish with silvery scales that live in the North Pacific and Atlantic oceans
Totem Pole: a wooden pole decorated with carved animals. It was a status symbol of wealth for families.
Ceremony: the way people act during important events/a celebration
Talking Sticks: a stick in which a whale's tail is carved. A sign of a family's strength.
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Objective: To learn the meanings of words relating to our lesson you will preview the vocabulary and create a storyboard that demonstrates your understanding of different words.
Requirements: Must have 3 terms, correct definitions and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.
Grade Level 5-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary BoardsCommon Core Standards
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| Proficient |
| Emerging |
| Beginning |
The vocabulary words are correctly defined.
The meaning of the vocabulary words can be understood but it is somewhat unclear.
The vocabulary word is not clearly defined
The storyboard illustrations clearly depict the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The illustrations relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words but it they are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.